JustPlay: Blinding Lights

Sample Resources   JustPlay: Blinding Lights

About this sample resource

This sample resource is part of the JustPlay whole class band programme which includes full video guides to support learners and teachers starting with basic chords and rhythmic patterns working up to performing a range of songs and chord changes.

In this playalong you will learn how to:

  • Play Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  • Follow the JustPlay Playalong video (using the chords Em, Bm, D and A)
  • Rehearse and perform as a whole class ensemble playing either ukulele, guitar, keyboard or bass guitar
  • Play rhythms/strum patterns whilst following the video
  • Rotate around different instruments to perform the song

You will need to:

  • Set your Key Cards (if using)
  • Make sure you are familiar with the chords used in this playalong

 


Get Ready: Blinding Lights

  • Use the Get Ready prompt to find the right notes or chord on the instrument you are playing.
  • This activity will also help you to become familiar with reading tablature (TAB)

Blinding Lights – EZ Chords

Blinding Lights – Full Chords


JustPlay: Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

Blinding Lights - Full Track

  • The video contains ukulele, bass, guitar and keyboard cues with lyrics that change with the song and suggested rhythms in a box using 1+2+3+4 notation throughout the song.
  • Follow your lines and play along with the song using the backing track to help keep in time and maintain the ensemble.

Blinding Lights - Instrumental

  • The video contains ukulele, bass, guitar and keyboard cues with lyrics that change with the song and suggested rhythms in a box using 1+2+3+4 notation throughout the song.
  • Follow your lines and play along with the song using the backing track to help keep in time and maintain the ensemble
  • You may decide to perform the vocal parts alongside the instrumental parts.

Blinding Lights - Click Track

  • The video contains ukulele, bass, guitar and keyboard cues with lyrics that change with the song and suggested rhythms in a box using 1+2+3+4 notation throughout the song.
  • Follow your lines and play along with the song using the click track to help keep in time and maintain the ensemble
  • The click track allows you to play the song without the backing track while still following the visual musical cues.

Key Learning - Overview

Making Sounds – Know the Terminology Associated with the Instrument:

  • Guitars/ukuleles: fret, up/down neck, left/right hand, chord, barre, strum, down/up, string names, open string, mute, tab
  • Keyboards: white notes, black notes, note names, chord, finger numbers (1-5), root

Following Instructions: Musical Skills:

  • Respond to signals for start and stop
  • Feel the pulse
  • Mark the beat by counting

Playing the instrument:

  • Tap or clap the rhythm/strum pattern before transferring to instruments
  • Say the rhythms while counting 1 and 2 and etc
  • Count the beat aloud/in thinking voice when playing rhythms
  • Maintain a steady beat when playing rhythms

Performing with Others:

  • Find/stay on (or re-find) the beat when playing along with others
  • Maintain rhythms when playing with others
  • Follow instructions for beat, tempo and dynamic levels
  • Listen carefully to sounds made
  • Check technique and adjust as needed

Being a Musician:

  • Take turns as appropriate
  • Be respectful of others when turn-taking i.e. keeping still or silent Listen carefully to the ideas of others
  • Be supportive, positive and constructive when working with others Listen carefully to the sounds made
  • Consider the overall effect of sounds when arranged and combined Reflect on own work and that of others
  • Identify targets for improvement

Following Written Notation:

  • Link rhythms played with written symbols
  • Follow fingering charts, keyboard cards and rhythm boxes as appropriate
  • Read notation from left to right
  • Read ahead to prepare for changes in rhythm patterns or chords
  • Recognise and follow the symbol for repeat